Academic Curriculum

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At Berkhamsted Prep our pupils are at the centre of everything we do. Every one of our pupils is treated as an individual and our child-centred approach to education ensures they develop a natural curiosity, motivation and thirst for learning.

Within our classrooms you will see a mix of tradition, structure, discipline and innovation where the lessons are focused on the child.

Our whole-child educational approach ensures our students are wholly engaged and there is energy and flexibility in the classroom with the right balance of support and challenge from our staff to enable every pupil to achieve their best.

Co-curricular subjects of Sport, Art, Music and Drama enhance our academic curriculum to develop fully rounded and adventurous people.

 

 

 

 

Pre-Prep / Prep

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Assessment

Assessment is a vital part of pupil development at Berkhamsted Prep, helping your child to learn and also be motivated to learn.

Assessment is ongoing throughout pupils’ time with us. Personal feedback from our staff to our pupils is hugely important, as is the marking of work and regular setting of achievable targets.

We meet with parents for consultation evenings about your child’s progress twice each year, although our staff are available to discuss issues that may need urgent attention by mutual appointment at any time in the school year.

At Berkhamsted Prep we pride ourselves in sharing pupil progress not only with pupils’ parents, but also with the children themselves. This motivates the pupils as they become clear about their progress and achievement and understand the priorities for learning that our staff identify.

Curriculum

Berkhamsted Prep is located at our Doctors Commons Road site, from Years 3 – 6.

For Key Stage Two, our pupils at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep transfer to Berkhamsted Prep where the curriculum expands to include a wider range of subjects.

While literacy and numeracy remain the key foundation skills at Berkhamsted Prep, the following subjects gain increasing importance:

 

Science Art
French Design
History Information Technology
Geography Music
Religious Education Drama

A Learning-Powered school

Building Learning Power (BLP) systematically cultivates habits and attitudes that help our pupils develop an awareness of how they learn and what they need to do to improve.

At Berkhamsted Prep we don’t just educate for good exam results, but also for lifelong learning.

Our care for our students remains long after they have left the School – we want their time at Berkhamsted Prep to set them up for a successful and happy future life.

At Berkhamsted Prep we see BLP positive impact on a daily basis. For example, our pupils:

  • Ask intelligent questions to further their understanding
  • Can explain how different topics and subjects are linked to and rely on each other
  • Know how to listen actively and respond with compassion
  • Are able to spot patterns and identify the big picture as well as the fine detail
  • Appreciate the importance of planning ahead and reviewing progress regularly
  • Understand the different roles they need to play when working together as a team and know how to resolve conflict
  • Develop strategies that build resilience and view challenges and mistakes as valuable learning opportunities

The skills and habits learnt within BLP lead to independent learning and divergent thinking in our pupils.

We see that BLP helps our students to focus and concentrate on their academic work with the ability to find several solutions for a problem.

Our pupils at Berkhamsted Prep are the best examples of the tangible benefits of BLP – if you would like to find out more, have a chat with them about it on your visit.

Individual Learning Provision

At Berkhamsted Prep we cater for children of all abilities – whether they are finding their academic studies particularly difficult and need access to alternative ways of learning, or whether they need more of an academic challenge in order to accelerate their learning and personal achievements.

At Berkhamsted Prep we operate a ‘Whole School Approach’ to meet the needs of every student. We understand that all children are different and we use a variety of teaching methods so that all students have the opportunity to excel.

Overseen by our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), our Learning Support department supports pupils to ensure they are able to achieve to the best of their ability. If a child is identified with learning difficulties at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep or Prep, they will receive the support they need throughout their time with us.

Learning support lessons are arranged on a one-to-one basis and may be subject to additional charges.

Our most able pupils are identified and recognised and offered a number of avenues through which to fulfil their potential. At Key Stage Two, a variety of academic challenges are offered, from debating to the study of the Classics and specific mental aptitude challenges.

At Berkhamsted Prep we facilitate students achieving their true potential. Valuing, understanding and supporting students of all abilities is vital to make sure that every student remains motivated to succeed.